THE shooting of a British expat couple in their Benidorm villa is the subject of a murder investigation and causing confusion in the international press.
Named by Spanish police as Peter and Jean Tarsey, both 77, the couple was found dead in their Xalo villa yesterday afternoon at 4.15pm.
The couple was found locked in each other’s arms on the sofa surrounded by bullet casing by guests they were expecting for dinner.
Whilst Sky News reported that a TV was missing from the property and the computer was found in the swimming pool with the police treating it as homicide, the Spanish press takes a different line.
Spanish daily La Marina Plaza said that violence and robbery were ruled out given that ‘the house was intact and no valuable objects in the house appeared to be missing.’
The expat couple had been living in Spain for 18 years, with no criminal history and no sign of forced entry to their property.
The post-mortem examinations are not yet complete but the deaths are thought to be very recent.
The weapon is thought to be a small calibre gun that was shot several times.